Monday, April 30, 2012

Great Majority of Deaths Due to Mistakes in Hospital are not Reported

In 2009, 243 cases of death in hospitals where a medical mistake was made were reported to the Inspectorate for health care (IGZ). According to experts, about 1,960 patients a year die to medical mistakes. Seventeen hundred such cases were not reported. Caretakers remain silent because they are afraid of prosecution. The IGZ claims that a cultural change in hospitals is required.

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